TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed Tommy Kelly, two days after he was cut by the New England Patriots.
Josh Gordon’s wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season. The NFL, though, came down hard on Gordon, who must now pay the price for stepping out of bounds.
Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years. In Steve Ballmer’s first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Rivers was a stabilizing force for the franchise during the upheaval created by former owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks that led to his ouster after 33 years of ownership. ”Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hardcore, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent,” Ballmer said, repeating the ”hardcore” theme he uttered during last week’s fan rally.
Cam Newton expects to be ready for the Panthers Sept. 7 regular season opener against Tampa Bay. ”There’s no doubt in my mind.,” Newton said Wednesday. Panthers coach Ron Rivera also said he expects Newton to be ready for the Bucs.
Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season. Critics of the NFL’s arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it’s time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women. Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice’s suspension, the governor of Maine says he’ll boycott the league, and numerous groups that advocate for women and families condemned the penalty as too lenient.
Long before “Save the Dates” were vogue and news came via Twitter “scoops,” the release of NASCAR’s three national schedules got less TV time than today’s Air Titan track dryers get during a rain delay. With NASCAR’s explosive venue expansion that began in the mid-to-late 1990s, the schedule grew and diversified. So it is a bit ironic that Tuesday’s much-anticipated nationally televised announcement of all three NASCAR national series 2015 schedules was highlighted by a well-received shift back to that tradition — the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Southern 500 returning to Labor Day weekend at historic Darlington Raceway. Bits and pieces of the schedule leaked out and tantalized in the past few weeks, but it was still a massive undertaking to be able to reveal all three national slates at once.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The series that decides which 20 horses qualify to run in the Kentucky Derby is adding a new qualifier.
Tom Lewandowski played the fuel mileage game perfectly at Atlanta Motor Speedway and held-off a charging Michael Conti, finally breaking a three-year winless drought in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. Lewandowski did not have the fastest car, but the caution-free race let him play the strategy game while Conti, Ray Alfalla and other contenders ran dry and needed an extra pit stop to go the distance. Upon exiting Conti found himself just over 16 seconds back of Lewandowski’s Ford Fusion, but immediately got up on the wheel and started closing the gap, taking advantage of the leader being held-up by lapped traffic. As the laps ticked down it became apparent that Conti was going to have a shot at the win regardless if Lewandowski had enough fuel.